New ownership for downtown’s 317 Studio and Gallery

Therese Rowinski, Tabatha Dougherty take over for the late Tom Littrell

As a brief introduction, I want to inform you of some exciting news. A very well-respected studio and gallery owner, Tom Littrell, passed away in January of this year. His legacy was his passion and contribution to art through his studio and gallery at 317 Market Street in Rockford. This building has long been home of many talented and creative people. With his passing, came an opportunity for myself and my business partner, Tabatha Dougherty, to carry on Tom’s vision and take possession of the studio and gallery.

The studio and gallery will house many artists and be home to studio art classes and creative events. We are incredibly excited to be able to continue building the culture in downtown Rockford, and are anxious to spread this news. The history of the building itself is quite intriguing, and we would like to invite you to learn more.

Please see the news release below and feel free to contact me or my business partner with any questions you may have.

Theresa Rowinski

317 Studio and Gallery announces new ownership

By Therese Rowinski
Studio Director, 317 Studio and Gallery
and Tabatha Dougherty
Studio Director, 317 Studio and Gallery

317 Studio and Gallery, formerly Tom Littrell Design and 317 Studios and Gallery, announces new owners Tabatha Dougherty and Therese Rowinski.

317 Market St., Rockford, has always been rich in art history. Rockford Illustrating Company was organized in1893, and the Market Street location was built and occupied in 1899. With its large windows, it provided natural daylight into the building, which housed only the top illustrators of its day. Rockford Illustrating Company closed in 1971. The building has changed hands a few times, but for the most part, remained a historical part of Rockford’s art history.

In 2006, Tom Littrell moved his interior design business into the ground-level studio space. Active in Rockford’s arts community, he regularly hosted events such as ArtScene and featured exhibits on the ground floor and the second-floor gallery. Tom passed away in January 2014, but his legacy will live on through “Tom’s artists,” and the work they started together in this amazing building.

Beginning March 1, 2014, Dougherty and Rowinski took possession of the space, and with the help of many dedicated artists, will be working together to continue the creative vision that is such a part of 317 Market St. The studio has been transformed into a classroom space, eagerly awaiting students of all ages to sign up for art classes. A variety of art classes will be available for artists of all ages. The gallery walls have been freshly painted and read for the first exhibit, Rockford Area Arts Council’s Spring ArtScene April 11-12.

The energy level is high and growing in Rockford. Downtown development is on the rise, and the arts and cultural events are abundant throughout the city. 317 Studio and Gallery looks forward to collaborating with other galleries and businesses in the city to help build and promote the arts in the community.

Please visit our website to see a current listing of classes at

From the March 19-25, 2014, issue

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